Paula Dietz, 93, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014, at her residence at the Franklin United Methodist Community in Franklin.
She was a devoted wife to her husband of nearly 68 years and their three daughters and families.
Her American Baptist faith was the foundation of her life. That faith led to a nearly lifelong relationship and commitment to Franklin College.
Born in 1920 in Shelby County, she was daughter of William and Mary (Weissker) Porter. She was preceded in passing by three sisters and one brother. Mrs. Dietz graduated from Fairland High School.
She married Clifford H. Dietz, Dec. 24, 1946. They were the parents of three daughters, Sharon Dietz Wilson (Roger); Stephanie Dietz; and Jennifer Dietz St. Martin. They had nine grandchildren, Erin Rataj, Lauren Kaplan, Christi Thompson, Matthew Soule, Kelly Soule, Cliff St. Martin, Andrew Kahn and Thomas St. Martin and the late John McDowell, and five great-grandchildren.
The Dietzes were committed to their daughters and grandchildren.
Mrs. Dietz was a loving partner to her husband. That devotion was evidence by her constant support to Dr. Dietz as he worked to found the Engineered Models Corporation.
Mrs. Dietz was a member of the First Baptist Church in Franklin. Before moving to Franklin, she was a longtime member of Central Baptist Church and later, the First Baptist Church of Indianapolis, serving with many of the women’s groups. She was also active with the American Baptist Women’s Association, having held several offices.
Mrs. Dietz along with her husband organized a Franklin College church relations program. They established a scholarship, honoring the memory of their grandson. In 1979, they were charter members of the Franklin College President’s Club. They presently were charter members of the college’s Leaders for Life giving society. The Dietzes established the Clifford and Paula Dietz Franklin College Library Rare Book Endowment Fund when they established the Clifford and Paula Dietz Award for Faculty Excellence in 1980. The west and center sections of the residence hall constructed to replace Bryan Hall, destroyed by fire March 27, 1985, are named the Dietz Residence Halls. They established the Engineered Models, Inc. Scholarship Fund to provide
scholarship assistance to students.
In 1984, the Franklin College Alumni Council named Mrs. Dietz an associate alumna for service to the college. She received an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Franklin College in 2001.
On the Franklin College campus, Paula was known for her thoughtfulness and always making the well-being of others her top priority.
Brig. General Ret. James Roan and Vera Evans will conduct a celebration of Paula’s life at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Franklin College Chapel, 101 Branigin Blvd. Friends may call from 1 p.m. to service time at the chapel. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. A reception will follow the burial at the Franklin College Dietz Center.
Flinn and Maguire Funeral Home in Franklin is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Franklin, 201 East Jefferson St., Franklin, IN 46131.
Online condolences may be received at flinnmaguire.net